The Washington Times - June 20, 2013, 09:02AM

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, said Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called her after Mrs. McCaskill threw her support behind the idea of Mrs. Clinton’s running for president in 2016 earlier this week.

“She did call me after this all happened the other day, and we had a great conversation — I’m not going to talk about what we said — but I think she’s got a big decision to make, and I think she’s in the process of making it and I think the more people that are out there urging her to run, I think it will help grow the grass-roots effort,” Mrs. McCaskill said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “And we all know, we saw in 2008 and 2012 what a difference it makes if people feel invested.”

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Mrs. McCaskill, an early supporter of President Obama’s during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary campaign, announced her support this time around through Ready for Hillary, a super PAC urging Mrs. Clinton to run for president in 2016.

“It doesn’t seem complicated to me — she is by far the strongest, most capable, most qualified candidate for president of the United States, and I am part of a lot of people — [a] big, huge group of people that really wants her to run, and it seemed like coming out publicly and stating the obvious that we all want her to run was an important thing to do right now,” Mrs. McCaskill said Thursday.